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What is Vision Therapy?

Do you and your child have "homework wars?" Do you struggle to get them to read or to finish their school assignments? It's possible that they have a vision issue holding them back from achieving their full potential. Homework and reading may be discouraging and frustrating to a child who does not properly see the page. Because they don't know any differently, your child may not tell you that something is wrong with their vision. Instead, they may be misidentified as lazy, a slow learner or having ADD/ADHD.

Vision Therapy is an effective, nonsurgical treatment for many vision problems that cannot be fully resolved with glasses or contact lenses. Your child works one-on-one with a member of our highly trained therapy team to improve their visual skills. Each 50-minute therapy session occurs once or twice a week, and home therapy is done daily for about 10 minutes. Dr. Michael Cook, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., who is board certified in Behavioral Optometry and Vision Therapy, guides each individual's therapy program.

In addition to therapeutic activities, our therapy services inlcude specialized medical equipment, eyeglasses and contact lenses that are prescribed to improve reading efficiency. With commitment, Vision Therapy can often permanently resolve vision problems that reduce a child’s ability to read, learn and pay attention.

Who Needs Vision Therapy?

Good vision is more than being able to read an eye chart. In fact, many children with 20/20 eyesight still require vision therapy because other issues affect their vision. Therapy can help treat an array of vision problems, including deficiencies in:

  • Eye focusing (needed for up-close viewing)
  • Eye teaming
  • Eye tracking
  • Depth perception
  • Eye turn (also known as strabismus)
  • Ambylopia (also known as lazy eye)
  • Processing of visual information
  • Eye-hand coordination

Any of the above problems may result in learning difficulties. A specialized eye examination with Dr. Cook can help detect these types of vision problems early, so that your child can work to their best potential.

Click here to download a simple checklist. A score of 20 or higher may indicate that a vision problem exists, and an evaluation is recommended. Please call us if you have any questions or would like more information. 

Our Vision Therapy Process

Step by Step

The first step to any Vision Therapy program is a comprehensive eye examination. Our doctors will examine your child’s ocular health, determine if they need spectacles for near or far visual tasks, and evaluate how their eyes and brain work together as a team. Whether your child complains of poor eyesight or simply exhibits slow learning, don’t delay their eye exam! What you thought was a learning disability could simply be an inability to see the whiteboard, which in most cases will be helped by corrective lens.

If issues are detected where glasses alone won’t help, our doctor will recommend an in-depth Binocular Vision Examination to evaluate how well both eyes are working together, their focusing and tracking abilities, depth perception and visual processing and perceptual skills. The functionality of your child’s visual system will determine whether they can benefit from Optometric Vision Therapy.

If Vision Therapy is the recommended program of care, the next step is a Perceptual Evaluation. Performed with one of our vision therapists, this evaluation will help us determine the specialized program of care that best addresses your child’s specific needs. 

Using the information gathered from both the Binocular Vision Evaluation and the Perceptual Evaluation, we will present you with an in-depth Binocular Vision Report that breaks down your child’s specific visual abilities and skills. We will provide you with an understanding of how the deficits in their visual system are impacting their everyday life. This report can help explain to teachers, counselors and employers why your child may require educational accommodations while going through treatment. 

Each patient's vision therapy program of care is specially designed by Dr. Cook and the visual therapy staff to meet each patient’s specific needs. No two programs are the same. Time and commitment from the patient, the family and the staff are necessary for success. The vision therapy sessions range from 45-50 minutes in length and are scheduled either once or twice weekly, depending on the doctor’s recommendations and your child’s compliance with home therapy.

Your Child’s Overall Eye Health

Less than 15% of kids have their eyes examined before they start school. This is shocking when you realize that up to 80% of all learning occurs through vision! Knowing this makes you realize how critical good vision is for your child to learn and progress in a regular classroom setting.


Vision Therapy Success! (l-r) Dr. Cook, Madison (happy graduate) and Regan (vision therapist) 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's vision, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Visionary Eye Care online or call us at (813) 425-9596 .

Please visit this link to learn more about vision therapy: www.covd.org


"A few years ago, I felt dumb and hopeless. That’s all changed thanks to Visionary Eye Care. I will soon be in middle school and I am no longer dreading it! I love reading so much. I recently finished The Hunger Games and am starting The Divergent series. Thank you so much for completely changing my life. I owe you a lot."
― Madison, age 10
"This is my success story. Before starting vision therapy, I had trouble with reading comprehension and many other things. With the help of vision therapy, not only did I improve my skills, but I gained more confidence when reading or doing other things with my eyes. I am so thankful for Dr. Cook and Regan—they helped me so much, by pushing me to do my best. Vision Therapy helped me improve my visual skills and left me with lasting memories of the fun I had every time I went."
― Caylee, age 17
"Before vision therapy, I had problems comprehending what I was reading. I skipped lines and many words. I avoided reading and when I did read, I fell asleep in the middle of the text. At the end of the day, my vision got worse. Vision therapy helped me a lot. The games and activities helped improve my vision tremendously. My comprehension has gotten a lot better, and I don’t skip lines anymore. I love reading, and I don’t fall asleep anymore! At the end of the day, my vision is the same as when I first work up. Thank you, Visionary Eye Care!"
― Gianna, age 13
"When I was first diagnosed with convergence insufficiency, I had constant headaches and blurry vision. I would get mad and complain to my mom that I would never open a book again. Now, I am reading on level! To Dr. Cook, Regan and everyone, thank you so much! P.S. I’m writing a book!"
― Emily, age 10
"When I first started vision therapy, I struggled with reading. I often came home with migraines and had many frustrating moments. During my therapy, I faced many challenges. I often took therapy as only helping me in one place, but then I realized it was necessary for a lot of things. It was a life lesson, and every week I gained something other than my ability to use both eyes. I met a lot of amazing people along the journey. It was all worth it because I gained something I will never lose. Yes, it was hard, but also rewarding. Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game. Work as hard as possible, because you may not know it, but your life will change for the better. With love."
― Carissa, age 15
"Before vision therapy, I had problems comprehending what I was reading. I was skipping lines and many words in the text. I avoided reading and when I did read, I would fall asleep. By the end of the day, my vision got worse. Vision therapy has helped me a lot. The games and activities helped improve my vision tremendously. My comprehension has gotten a lot better, and I am not skipping lines anymore. I started to love reading, and I don’t fall asleep anymore on what I was reading. At the end of the day, my vision is the same as when I first wake up. Thank you, Visionary Eye Care!"
― Gianna, age 13
"Before I started vision therapy, I couldn’t read the words in a book or on paper. I skipped lines when reading and I knew something wasn’t right. When my parents found Visionary Eye Care, I got a little excited. Now I can read better and see clearly, which is wonderful. I’m doing a lot better; vision therapy has helped me a lot."
― Giovanni, age 10
"When I started vision therapy, I read with my finger, and I moved my head when I read. I skipped words and did not like to read in bed. Now, my handwriting is better, and I read in bed. I can throw a football and catch a ball. Best of all, I understand what I read! Thank you, Dr. Cook and Ms. Regan."
― Alex, age 9
"When I started vision therapy, I struggled with reading comprehension, double vision and headaches. Now I don’t struggle with any of these. It was fun to learn how to control my eyes!"
― Dominic, age 8
"I used to have problems staying focused and with reading comprehension. I am very thankful to have come to vision therapy because my grades have improved, and I’m not as stressed while I read. I thank everyone who contributed. I had a ton of fun at vision therapy."
― Nick, age 15
"Before starting vision therapy, I had problems with double vision, headaches, words ran together when reading and I had messy handwriting. I DID NOT like to read. I have improved in reading, math and handwriting and school, overall. And, I had fun!"
― Emory, age 11
"When I started vision therapy, I had problems with reading and understanding what I was reading. After vision therapy, I was able to read easier. I enjoyed my time in vision therapy."
― Adrian, age 9
"Six months ago, I started vision therapy. At first, I was hesitant. Honestly, I’m so grateful that I was able to go through it. It has helped me so much. For example, when I read there is not a problem to worry about. Before therapy, my lines would run together, I’d get sleepy, my eyes would hurt, and I wouldn’t retain any information that I had just read. Also, when I drive, it’s hassle free. Before therapy, my depth perception and side vision were terrible. Now my eyes work well together, and I’m able to see very well when judging distances and out of my side vision. My eyes also used to not be able to follow lines or switch focus well at all. They would bounce all over the place. Now they can follow something smoothly. That not only helps me with driving, but with my reading, too. I ‘m so thankful that I was able to go through this experience. It has helped me so much with my everyday life. I really appreciate my parents along with Dr. Cook and Regan for their help and support."
― Amanda, age 16
"When I first came to vision therapy, I had problems like double vision and headaches when I read. Now, thanks to Dr. Cook and Miss Regan, I read better and don’t get headaches, and I even have better handwriting."
― Matthew, age 11
"When I started vision therapy, I had problems with reading comprehension and seeing things far away. Vision therapy helped me to build up self confidence and taught me to not give up on myself and keep going. Vision therapy changed the way I think. I want to thank everyone who supported me through my journey. I have so many amazing memories here."
― Ava, age 13

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“Absolutely the best in the area. Dr. Brady Cook and her staff are knowledgeable, helpful and professional. The office is beautiful, and their level of customer care cannot be beat! Plus, how often do you get to pet a cute bulldog during your appointment?”
― Danielle M.
“Wonderful staff and wonderful doctor in a beautiful location. I would recommend them to all. My little girls felt very at ease with all the staff. Thanks for a great experience in your office!”
― Vickie N.
“I have spent the better part of 40 years struggling with Amblyopia. For most of my adult life, doctor after doctor said that it was simply something I had to live with. That was, until I found Dr. Michael and Jennifer Cook. With diligence, professionalism and a passion for finding a solution, they were able to provide the answers that have changed my life. It is with the highest level of gratitude and confidence that I strongly recommend Visionary Eye Care. As doctors, they strive to deliver the highest level of care and a commitment to problem resolution where other providers prefer to follow the "status quo." Thank you for taking the time to "take on my case" and push back when I thought it was a lost cause. I am forever grateful to your cutting-edge approach. In addition, and of equal importance is your commitment to the health and wellbeing of our children. Our children absolutely love coming to see you and the Visionary Eye Care team. You spend time explaining all that is being done and put them at ease during the entire process. The Visionary team will forever be entrusted with the vision care of our family.”
― John Z.
“This office deserves more than a 5-star rating. Employees are friendly and professional, and Dr. Brady Cook is the best! They took me as a walk-in and treated me like family. Boscoe was very cool, too.”
― Marty S.
“Dr. Brady Cook and her staff are awesome. I have been a patient of hers for over six years. I am difficult to fit for contacts due to an astigmatism, and she always takes her time for me with this process. I highly recommend Visionary Eye to all!”
― Kimberly L.
"For the past 8 years, Dr. Brady Cook has been the only one to keep me seeing straight. I appreciate her attention to detail and high level of expertise. The office is a relaxing environment and the staff have been caring and helpful no matter how busy things are."
― Diego H.
"Easily the best optometry practice I've been to. It is conveniently located, and the office is very nice. The staff and doctors are friendly, helpful, and professional. Always a great experience, and I don't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for an eye doctor. A++"
― Neil M.
"I love Visionary Eye Care, from the friendly voice answering the phone and the ease of scheduling an appointment. Beyond the aesthetics of the practice, the differences of the STELLAR services are evident from the pre-testing performed to the extensive time spent with the doctor to determine what's best for your eyes. Their eyewear selection is beyond compare. When you pick a pair of glasses, rest assured you'll be one of a kind. If you want the best, this is the place to go. They are also wonderful with children, especially those children who are Differently-Abled. Their Vision Therapy practice does wonders too!"
― Jennifer R.
"I have been going to Dr. Brady Cook for 10 years, and she is the only doctor that I trust with my vision needs! She and her staff are so professional and friendly that sometimes I forget I am even there for my eye exam. The office is so inviting and comfy—it almost feels like you are in someone’s home and not in an office. If you are lucky, her adorable bulldog will be in that day. She always has an awesome selection of glasses to pick from—traditional, classic, funky, colorful designs and the staff are right by your side helping you make this very important decision. If you are looking for the best in Tampa, look no further than Visionary Eye Care!"
― Shannon M.
"My family and I have been patients of Dr. Brady Cook's for many years. We value the expert eyecare that she and her staff provide (so much so that we drive from South Tampa to see her!). Visionary Eye Care has the latest in optometry technology. Their offices are beautifully decorated and offer many comforts for patients. If you are looking for a trusted professional to address your family's vision needs, look no further than Visionary Eye Care."
― Sean D.
"I have been seeing Dr. Brady Cook for 4 years. She is very thorough, and her equipment is all topnotch. I always feel that I have a personalized experience, with everything explained step by step. The staff is great at helping me pick new glasses. I could not ask for better."
― Lisa H.
"Dr. Brady Cook and her staff are awesome. I truly enjoy coming into the office every time for an appointment. They make you feel welcome and the selection of frames is awesome!"
― Michelle L.
"As soon as I walked in the door I realized I wasn't seeing your typical optometrist. I was checked in immediately, offered a beverage and one of the massage chairs. I chose to visit with the bulldog. The state-of-the-art equipment was impressive. Dr. Brady Cook was funny, straightforward and provided the most thorough eye exam I've ever had. Not only did she take the time to address every question, she offered suggestions and options. Choosing my glasses was another highlight of the visit. Options I didn't know were available for lenses were explained. I highly recommend Visionary Eye Care It was truly a unique and pleasant experience."
― Donna L.
"Visionary is fabulous! Beautiful office, personal service and nice perks like massage chairs and beverages. Dr. Brady Cook is knowledgeable, friendly, down to earth and highly competent (not to mention hilarious!). She took a lot of time to address my concerns and try different approaches to my tricky prescription, which was incredibly appreciated. I highly, highly recommend Visionary Eye Care!"
― Jenny M.
"If you are looking for an optometrist, go to Dr. Brady Cook. She is fantastic, knowledgeable, competent, thorough and down to earth. Great staff, up-to-date technology, fabulous selection of glasses, and all in a truly beautiful setting. Seriously, the office is gorgeous! It looks more like a spa or art gallery than an eye doctor. Highly recommend.
― C-Mac W."
"Is it weird that I really enjoy going to see the eye doctor!? I have been seeing Dr. Brady Cook for as long as I can remember, and she always spends a lot of time answering my questions and giving me a very comprehensive exam. They have the best and latest technology, a great assortment of products, and the friendliest staff (even the 4-legged ones)!
― Nicole M."
"First time going into Visionary Eye Care and walking in I felt so welcomed by the lovely staff and Boscoe (English Bulldog)! I walked in and was already being attended and ready to start my appointment. Later I met Dr. Brady Cook, and she helped explain the answers to all the questions I had for her. Later, I had the chance to choose from a wide selection of frames and chose the one I loved and that I enjoy wearing every day! Highly recommend stopping by and trying their service!!!"
― Luke J.
"I take my mother (81) to see Dr. Brady Cook. They are always so patient with her. I would recommend this office highly!"
― Kelly B.
"After moving back to Tampa, I needed to find an optometrist that was people friendly, knowledgeable and caring. After researching I decided on Dr. Brady-Cook at Visionary Eye Care. Home Run! Totally exceeded my expectations in every category. I learned more than the doctors up north could tell me in ten years. I finally have hope. I may have lost vision without this visit, plus I finally have an explanation for my pain and discomfort. The explanation alone gives me more peace of mind than I could ever tell. Compliments to the staff also. As soon as you walk in the door you will feel welcome. Welcome combined with high tech equipment, highly skilled doctors and a caring staff knocks this place out of the park. I highly recommend Visionary Eye Care."
― Joyce B.
"I have been a patient of Dr. Brady Cook for many years. I have nothing but positive praise for her, Dr. Cook and her wonderful staff. Now that I have my two girls, I have trusted her with their eyes since they could start reading an eye chart! We all give two thumbs up - trust me you won’t be disappointed! Much better quality than any cookie-cutter eyeglass place!!"
― Jandi P.
"I have been a patient of Dr. Brady Cook and her outstanding professional team for many years. Today, after my visit, I decided that it was time to write this review, not only to let everyone be aware of this outstanding optical business, but to thank them for working so hard for their patients. Kim personally spent no less than 90 minutes working with me to select two pair of glasses. In today's world, this type of professional customer service is UNHEARD of! So, A great big thank you to everybody at Visionary Eye Care! And, where else can you go and get love from a charming bulldog??"
― Dianne P.
"I've been a client here for just over a year and I can't say enough good things about the place!
Atmosphere: Elegant, inviting, clean and comfortable. Nice squishy chairs to sit in while you wait (though I've never had to wait long). There might be a bulldog or two walking or lying nearby, and they're the cutest things ever!
Staff: Exceptional people here. Always friendly and smiling when you walk in the door, they seem genuinely happy to be there. I'm always offered a beverage and made to feel comfortable. They've also gone above and beyond to help me get lenses at prices I can afford."
― C.M.
"Equipment: Everything is computerized and state-of-the-art. They pulled my entire history up on the computer within minutes of my first visit! I love that they save paper by having clients sign a laminated form that they can wipe off and use again. There is a machine that eliminates the need to use dilation drops (for a fee). The newest technologies make the experience much more pleasant.
Doctors: Dr. Brady Cook is wonderful and very down-to-earth. She'll tell it like it is, but she always has my best interest at heart. She's incredibly knowledgeable and friendly.
I highly recommend this place. I've never loved going to the eye doctor more!"
― C.M.

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